Enforcers Keep Streaking, Jump Into Second in the East
Elmira came into Friday night's game in Danville, Il riding a three game winning streak and looking to move up out of third place in the standings. The Enforcers had yet to see the Dashers this season but after dominating the season series last year, and the new addition of Mark Essery, it was a confident group that took to the ice on Friday.
The Enforcers started off on the right foot just 98 seconds into the game as Tyler Gjurich extended his scoring streak to 4 straight games. Gjurich took a feed from Cameron Yarwood off of a face-off win by Kyle Stevens and neatly deposited the shot over the shoulder over Dashers net minder Jesse Gordichuk. However, the scrappy Dashers were down but certainly not out as they came back with two goals before the end of the first period as Justin Brausen and Patrik Zilak scored just 2:14 apart to give the Dashers a lead despite trailing in shots 12-6.
The second period was a torrid back and forth affair as neither side could find the back of the net but that didn't keep either from taking chances. Elmira was assessed a too many man on the ice penalty at 9:08 of the second which was the first call of the game, but the Enforcers penalty kill continued to look strong and shut down the opportunity. Even with the man advantage the Dashers were only able to muster 6 shots on goal in the second period while Elmira offed 14 more to take a commanding 24-12 lead in shots into the locker room.
The Enforcers came out for the final frame with a fire and passion as 23 seconds in Dale Deon went coast to coast and buried one over the shoulder of Gordichuk after a pass from Ahmed Mahfouz to tie the game up at two a piece. The penalty kill had to work again, however as Elmira took two penalties early on as Gino Mini went for roughing and Kyle Stevens was assessed a tripping minor. However, the Enforcers killed off both penalties and Cameron Yarwood put another goal past Gordichuk to give the Enforcers their first lead since Gjurich scored in the first. The Enforcers went into full defensive mode and stopped the push from Danville who tried everything including a goalie pull for the extra man but for the third period in a row was only able to muster 6 shots.
Troy Passingham had a stellar effort in net stopping 16 of 18 shots on goal and earning his 14th win of the season.
The Enforcers go right back into battle with the Dashers tonight at 8:05 pm EST as they look to sweep this half of the season series live from David S Palmer Arena. Tune in on Mixlr.com or the Enforcers Youtube and following along!